READY FOR ACTION: David High (left) and Harry Gardiner of The Evans Heads Bombers Rugby League Club and, inset, Brandon Costin playing for the Huddersfield Giants against the Leeds Rhinos in the English Super League in 2003. Costin will be a player-coach at the Evans Head Bombers next season.
READY FOR ACTION: David High (left) and Harry Gardiner of The Evans Heads Bombers Rugby League Club and, inset, Brandon Costin playing for the Huddersfield Giants against the Leeds Rhinos in the English Super League in 2003. Costin will be a player-coach at the Evans Head Bombers next season. Patrick Gorbunovs And Getty Images

Bombers hit on NRL star

A PLAYER with more than 130 NRL games' experience will coach and play for the Evans Head Bombers in the

Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition next season.

Brandon Costin comes to the club after NRL and English Super League stints highlighting his career which began at South Sydney in 1993.

He also spent time with the Western Suburbs Magpies, Sydney Roosters and Canberra Raiders.

Costin, 40, was the captain-coach of Bellingen in 2012 and will join forces with David High who has coached representative sides on the Gold Coast and lives at

Kingscliff.

High will be the senior coach that oversees all grades at the Bombers with Tim Tregidgo remaining on as first grade captain. "The position was advertised and I suggested to Brandon that he come on board and help me out," High said.

"I'm talking to some players from up around the Gold Coast where I live and they look like signing next week.

"Brandon lives at Sawtell and has some players that will travel up with him.

"We're also talking to some Queensland Cup-standard players from Brisbane.

"So if we sign five or six quality players plus Brandon, it will really help prop up the depth."

The Bombers finished just outside the top five last season with a number of season-ending injuries to key players.

The club has only made the finals once since its inception in 2009.

High and Costin have already met with the

majority of the first grade side and believe they have their backing.

"If you haven't got the depth or support, you're definitely going to have problems," High said.

"We can't wait and we're already talking two or three times a day on the phone about it.

"We spoke to about eight or nine first graders last week and we both walked away thinking this is a great move for us and the club."

The pair take over from Mick Davis who spent two years in the top job.

Another NRRRL club, the Byron Bay Red Devils, will have a former NRL lock with more than 200 first grade games at the helm in 2012.

Scott Sattler returns after playing a handful of games and helping as the defence coach this year.

"It's a big coup for the club and the group to have blokes like this coming to the NRRRL," Bombers president Brett Dent said.

"Hopefully it means a couple more clubs will be up there competing with Murwillumbah and Grafton."



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